FAQ

  1. How Large are the Ensembles?
    There are about 40-50 musicians in each ensemble at Orchestra Project.  The typical breakdown of each ensemble is 22-25 violins, 6-8 violas, 10-12 cellos and 3-5 basses. The Intensive and Odyssey combined have an enrollment of approximately 140.
  2. Are there scholarships available?
    Tuition assistance is available to families who identify a need.  Families may be eligible for 25%, 50%, 75% or 90% assistance.  Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis and funds are limited.  Tuition assistance sliding scale is based off the federal income chart for free and reduced lunch.
  3. How are roommates assigned?
    After students are admitted to the Orchestra Project,  they can complete the online Roommate Request form. On this form they can inform us of their roommate’s name if they have a friend who is attending the program they would like to room with.  Resident students not making a specific roommate request will be placed based on age or family relation.
  4. What is the parking like at VCU?
     Day campers are dropped off in our carpool or are walked into the building by their parents, who have found parking on the street. Student drivers may park in the VCU parking garage located at the corner of Broad St. and Harrison St. (2 blocks from the Singleton Performing Arts Center) for $10/day.  Students staying in the dorm are not encouraged to bring a car with them – they will not have access to their cars while attending Orchestra Project.
  5. What are the deadlines for applying?

    Odyssey Early Bird Deadline: April 8, 2017
    After April 1 tuition will increase by $20.
    Final Registration Deadline: May 26, 2017
    Don’t wait to register!  Registration is based on availability. A limited number of positions are available and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


    String Intensive Final Registration Deadline: March 25, 2017
    Students are encouraged to apply early.  A limited number of positions are available – don’t wait to apply!

    Odyssey JR Early Bird Deadline: April 8, 2017
    After April 1 tuition will increase by $20
    Final Registration Deadline: May 26, 2017

  6. I registered as a day camper. Now I changed my mind and would like to stay in the dorms. Is it still possible?
     Yes, up until May 26, 2016. After that date, no dorm residents can be added.

  7. What is the weather like in Richmond?
     In June, quite warm, mostly in the 80’s and 90’s.  Because the buildings are air conditioned, we recommend layers.
  8. Why are you an unplugged camp? Can I bring my phone?
     We are an unplugged camp because for at least a week out of the year, it’s healthy to get away from computers!  You are on a computer right now in fact, reading this.  Computers take away from the social time that campers have together and get in the way of forming friendships in our short week together.  But yes, you are very welcome to bring your phone, even your smart phone, as long as you are smart and leave it turned off from 9am to 5pm.
  9. Is there a dress code for camp?
     Daily Clothing: Casual clothing that is appropriate for the weather expected each day.  Tee shirts must reflect good taste.  Wear comfortable shoes that can be worn in the gym. No flip flops are allowed in the gym for safety reasons. If you love flip flops, bring a set of tennis shoes with you .  The Concert Hall can get chilly with the AC – you are advised to bring a sweater.

    Concert Dress: White tops, black bottoms & black shoes. Dark socks for gentlemen and nylons for ladies.  Skirts must come to below the knee.  For concerts no  jeans, tee shirts, sneakers, and flip-flops please.

  10. Are snacks provided during the day?
    A daily snack is provided at camp each day, however, students are asked to bring their own water bottle every day. There is a filtered bottle refill water fountain for our use.
  11. When is the concert?
    Orchestra Project students will participate in the closing orchestra concert on Saturday afternoon.  The concert will take place at the Singleton Center for Performing Arts.  More details about concert day will be available closer to the start of camp.  In addition to the orchestra performances, String Intensive students will present their chamber ensemble performances on Friday afternoon in the Black Music Center’s Recital Hall.

Have a question?  Email us orchestraprojectrva@gmail.com, or submit your questions for us here!